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Top Tea to Harvest this Month - Cardamom by Cassie Liversidge

Monday, January 5th 2015 @ 4:07 PM

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) is a soothing tea that can help with colds and sore throats at this time of year. It will need to be grown inside as a houseplant (unless you live in a tropical climate) as it likes temperatures of 71ºF (22ºC) or above all year round. It enjoys being grown in a humid environment, so a bathroom windowsill is perfect. It likes its soil to be kept moist but do not be tempted to over water it, or the leaves will start to turn brown.

 

As it will not be producing many new leaves at this time of year, only harvest what you need for a cup of fresh cardamom tea. For one cup of tea, one leaf and stem should suffice, but use more if you prefer a stronger flavour. Cut off the leaf at the base of the stem and then chop it all into small pieces.

 

Fill the kettle with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil, and then pour some into your teacup or teapot to warm it up. Discard the water. Put a large pinch of cardamom into a tea bag or teapot. Pour the boiled water (which should be between 176 to 185ºF (80 to 85ºC) over the tea and cover with a saucer or a lid. Allow the tea to steep for three minutes. Remove the tea bag or pour the tea from the teapot using a tea strainer. Drink and enjoy. The tea has a lovely sweet pungent flavor and is wonder- fully warming on a cold night. Make sure you use the leaves for more than one cup as the second or third cups will be equally delicious.

 

 

More information on how to grow and harvest cardamom for tea can be found in my book Homegrown Tea.

~Cassie Liversidge

 

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CASSIE LIVERSIDGE was born in the UK and studied fine art at Plymouth University. She grew up on her parents’ plant nursery, where her love of gardening began. Her debut book, Pasta Sauce! Grow Your Own Ingredients, came from a desire to share her passion for eating homegrown food and living in a more sustainable way. She lives and works in London with her husband and two sons, but spends time in New York each year. Cassie is author of Homegrown Tea, released March 2014. Visit her website at cassieliversidge.com

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